Cold Water Safety is No Joke

The days might be getting warmer as we inch closer to spring but this video is a good reminder of why we really need to dress for the water temperature, even if it means extra sweating and getting funny looks. Cold water safety is not something to take lightly.

So we’re posting this as a friendly reminder.

This video shows the effects on people who fall into cold water. With water below 68 degrees it can take a swimmer 1 minute to catch their breath. They will then have about 10 minutes while they can still move, and in 1 hour they will lose consciousness due to hypothermia.

If the swimmer is not wearing a life jacket they may not make it through the first minute due to difficulty breathing, and will likely die before the 10 minutes have passed because they won’t have the strength to keep their head above water. A life jacket makes survival much more likely.

It is very difficult to put your life jacket on while in the water. If you are not wearing it when you enter the water, it will likely be impossible to put on after you are in the water.

The life jacket will make the initial shock of entering the water much easier to manage and make the task of rescuing yourself much easier an more likely to succeed.

This video was made by The National Water Safety Congress: and the US Coast Guard

Stay safe out there, folks!

 

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Lisa is managing editor of PaddleMonster.com and is an avid paddler of all the things - including sup, SurfSki, outrigger canoe and prone, though she especially enjoys paddle surfing and downwinding. She is a former journalist with more than 30 years experience in print and broadcast journalism and in government communications. She is a six-time Chattajack finisher, racing both sup and OC2. When not paddling, she is an outdoor instructor.

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